Celebrate Scholarly and Creative Achievements at Faculty Convocation
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This year's 21st annual Faculty Convocation, honoring top faculty and advisers, will be held Wednesday, April 23. This event honors outstanding faculty members by granting the following awards: Alumni Association Distinguished Research Awards, Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Awards, Alumni Association Distinguished Advising Awards, Thomas W. Briggs Foundation Excellence in Teaching Awards, Allen J. Hammond Presidential Service Award and the Willard R. Sparks Eminent Faculty Award.
Faculty Convocation will take place at 2pm in the Rose Theatre. Faculty members, dressed in full academic regalia, will walk in procession to the Rose Theatre from the College of Communication and Fine Arts beginning at 1:30pm. The event is free and open to the public.
The U of M Alumni Association will present awards for Distinguished Research, Excellence in Engaged Scholarship and Creative Achievement. Recipients of the award are Stephen W. Hancock (MFA) for achievement in the Creative Arts; James E. Fickle (Ph.D.) for the Humanities; William T. Smith (Ph.D.) for Social Sciences and Business; George A. Anastassiou (Ph.D.) for the Sciences, Engineering and Math and Michael Schmidt (MGD) for Excellence in Engaged Scholarship.
Five professors will be honored with the Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Award. Receiving the award will be Lily Afshar (D.M.), professor of Music, Irvin L. Tankersley (J.D.), associate professor of Accountancy, Fernando Burgos Perez (Ph.D.) and Yuki Matsuda (Ph.D.), professor and associate professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures and Robert R. Marchini (Ph.D.), professor of Physics.
Ralph Albanese (Ph.D.) of the department of Foreign Languages and Literature, has been named the recipient of the 2008 Willard R. Sparks Eminent Faculty Award. The award recognizes exceptional and sustained contributions to scholarly-creative achievement, teaching and service as well as the bringing of recognition to the University. This year's recipients of the Distinguished Advising Awards are Lisa Eldin and Nancy Magallanes. Nancy H. Mardis (J.D.) associate professor of Accountancy and Joseph R. Hayden (Ph.D.) assistant professor of Journalism will each receive the Thomas W. Briggs Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award, which recognizes teaching excellence at the undergraduate level and overall commitment to undergraduate education. Noel Schwartz will receive one of the U of M's most prestigious honors for service to the University – the Allen J. Hammond Presidential Award. The Hammond Award is not presented every year; it is reserved for special recognition of people who have extraordinarily significant service to the University.
Faculty Convocation coincides with Faculty Scholarship Week, April 16-23, when the University of Memphis celebrates the great achievements of its faculty. Events will showcase the scope and quality of books, articles, CDs, films, art, and other work produced by faculty members.
Congratulations, Seniors, on Your Upcoming Graduation!
Membership to the Alumni Association makes the perfect graduation gift! The Alumni Association and our National Board of Directors are excited about what you have accomplished over your college tenure, and we hope you will continue to support OUR University as alumni.
Membership to the Alumni Association is only $20 per year for recent graduates and is the first step to being great alumni. For more information on the Alumni Association and our benefits or to join now, visit alumni.memphis.edu.
Nominations are being taken for positions on the Alumni Association National Executive Board of Directors. For requirements, expectation guidelines and directions for sending in your nominations, please visit http://alumni.memphis.edu/pdfs/board_nominationform.pdf. The deadline for nominations is May 1.
From May 15 to June 15, Alumni Association members will be asked to go to alumni.memphis.edu to vote on the slate of candidates. This information will be e-mailed to the Alumni Association Membership.
New Flash Presentations!
Have you seen YOUR Alumni Association’s latest Flash Presentation recognizing OUR Men’s Basketball team and Tiger fans around the country? Visit http://alumni.memphis.edu/betrueblue.htm to see it and other fabulous Alumni Association Flash campaigns.
2008 Spring Tiger Tour
Join YOUR Alumni Association and the Tiger Scholarship Fund for the 2008 Spring Tiger Tour, featuring special guests from the Alumni Association, Athletic Department and Tiger coaching staffs! Show your TRUE BLUE Spirit and visit us in North Mississippi on April 21, Jackson, Tenn. on April 22, Nashville on April 23 and Memphis on April 24. For complete details and registration information, contact the TSF office at 901/678-2334.
Get Ready for Tiger Baseball!
Get ready for an exciting weekend of Tiger Baseball! Alumni Association members and a guest will receive FREE admission (with membership card) to Memphis’ series against Dallas Baptist on Friday and Saturday, April 18-19. The Tigers take on the Patriots in a single game at 6:30pm on Friday, followed by a double-header at 1pm on Saturday. So, put on your Tiger Blue, bring your membership card and get ready for two fun-filled days of Tiger Baseball!
Cecil C. Humphreys Law Alumni Chapter
The Cecil C. Humphreys Law Alumni Chapter will partner with the U of M Journalism Department, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee and the Memphis Bar Association to host the third annual Law School for Journalists on Saturday, April 26 from 9am – 3pm. The event, titled Memphis 1968: race, media & the law, will be held at the National Civil Rights Museum. All alumni, friends, journalists, marketing and public relations professionals, attorneys and judges are invited to attend, with 5.5 hours of CLE credit available to attorneys and judges. For more information, contact Alumni Coordinator Kelly Davis at 901/678-4299 or email@example.com.
Herff College of Engineering Alumni
Attention Herff College of Engineering Alumni! Interested in getting involved? Join the board of directors for a mixer Thursday, May 8 from 5:30 – 7:00pm at the Alumni Center. For more information, contact Alumni Coordinator Holly Beuke at 901/678-1782 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FCBE Alumni Chapter
The FCBE Alumni Chapter will hold a panel discussion on “Surviving with a family in the corporate world” on Thursday, May 15 from 3:30 – 5:30pm at the First Tennessee Bank, Oak Court Branch. For more information, contact Alumni Coordinator Lauren Isaacman at 901/678-2333 or email@example.com.
Loewenberg School of Nursing Alumni Chapter
The Loewenberg School of Nursing Alumni Chapter invites you to join us for our inaugural Outstanding Awards Luncheon honoring Sam Merceri (A.A. '76, M.P.A. '80, B.S. '99), Director of Education and Support for Patient Care Services at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Betty Sue McGarvey (B.S. '85), President, Baptist College of Health Sciences. Cost of admission is $25.00 per person for the luncheon on Thursday, May 22 at 11:30am at the Fogelman Executive Center on the University of Memphis main campus. RSVP by May 14 to 901/678-3119 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nashville Alumni Club
Save the date: On Saturday, July 26, 2008, the Nashville Alumni Club will be holding their Inaugural Nashville Tiger Golf Classic in conjunction with their annual summer picnic. The golf tournament will be a 4-person scramble and will be held at Gaylord Springs Golf Links. Proceeds from the tournament will go toward the Nashville Alumni Scholarship. For more information or to join the Tigers in Music City mailing list contact Club President Mike Dodd at email@example.com.
Cecil C. Humphreys Law Alumni Chapter
Save the Date: The Cecil C. Humphreys Law Alumni Chapter will host its annual Striving for Excellence in the Law Alumni Dinner on Saturday, August 16 at the Holiday Inn, University of Memphis. For more information, contact Alumni Coordinator Kelly Davis at 901/678-4299 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
College of Arts & Sciences Alumni Chapter
Save the Date: The College of Arts & Sciences Alumni Chapter will be hosting its 12th annual Outstanding Alumni Awards Dinner on Thursday, October 2. For more information or to get involved, contact the Alumni Association at 901/678-ALUM.
More TRUE BLUE Clubs!
We are looking to expand and form more TRUE BLUE Clubs across the country! If you live in Boston, Denver, Little Rock, New York City, Jackson, Miss., Jackson, Tenn., San Francisco, Los Angeles/Orange County, Minneapolis, Montgomery, AL, Chattanooga, San Diego, or Knoxville, Tenn., please contact the Alumni Association at 901/678-ALUM for more information on how you can get involved!
Are you TRUE BLUE? The University of Memphis in some way has touched us all, giving each of us a special feeling of pride. It's a pride we call TRUE BLUE, and we know you have it. You don't have to be U of M alumni to join the University of Memphis Alumni Association. You need only the desire to help safeguard the prosperity of a great institution. Membership dues go toward funding scholarships, social events, awarding outstanding faculty and students and connecting members with the University. Become part of U of M tradition, pride and excellence and JOIN TODAY by going to alumni.memphis.edu or calling 901/678-ALUM.